Canadian Nutrition Fact Labels On ReciPal

Posted on January 10, 2014 by

ReciPal now supports Canadian nutrition fact labels thanks to your support and feedback. We've had a number of customers ask for Canadian friendly nutrition labels and we just couldn't deprive them anymore.

EDIT (February 19, 2019): We now also have the New Canadian formats, starting with the vertical style (more formats to come soon!) To use the new format, pick the "Canadian New" option using the Label Type dropdown menu above the label itself.

Canadian Nutrition Label In Action

If you don't have an account, you can still check it out yourself with our sample nutrition label. To see the old Canadian format, click on the Label Style button on the left hand side and click the check box for 'Canadian bilingual label'. You'll see the label transform from the FDA vertical label style to the analogous Canadian style. Below is a side by side comparison of the two formats:

US and Canadian Nutrition Fact Labels Side By Side

The US and Canadian label formats side-by-side

The two label styles are fairly similar, but there are some key differences for the Canadian label:

  • Language. The Canadian label requires both English and French.
  • Daily Values. Recommended intake is the same for the core nutrients, but different for some vitamins, resulting in different values on the label.
  • Rounding. Rounding rules are slightly different for a few nutrient types.
  • Layout. The layout has different sized separators and optional footnote sections.

More To Come

For now we're just offering the standard vertical format (Edit (August 2, 2014): supporting the linear format as well) for the Canadian label, as it's the most common label style that our customers use. You can also add the French version of the ingredient list from the Ingredient List page of the recipe. We'll work on adding the other Canadian label formats as well, so let us know which ones are most urgent in the comments below.

About Lev Berlin

Lev Berlin ReciPal SlantShack Author Bio

Lev Berlin is the founder & CEO of ReciPal. Having previously been a founder of SlantShack Jerky, he needed nutrition labels and simple tools to start and run the business. He's read the FDA food labeling code countless times in the process of creating ReciPal and helping small food businesses with their labels. He's reviewed and created thousands of food labels, and been a mentor and guest speaker at food incubators, food business courses, and regulatory conferences, like Brooklyn Foodworks and ICE.

After graduating from Princeton with an engineering degree, Lev was a management consultant, then founder or early employee at half a dozen startups. He loves nothing more than helping other small businesses get off the ground and achieve their goals.

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